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London – CBS Corp. is broadening the reach of its networks in Britain via a new carriage deal with telecom company TalkTalk. The firm, which competes with other U.K. pay TV providers, will start offering CBS Action, CBS Drama, CBS Reality +1 and the Horror Channel. Financial terms weren't disclosed. CBS Drama shows include Judge Judy, Flashpoint, Touched by an Angel and the original Dallas. CBS Reality airs such favorites as 48 Hours, Cops and Hoarders. CBS Action fare includes CSI, NCIS, Cheers and Bonanza. The CBS portfolio of U.K. channels is also available via BSkyB, in
- Georg Szalai
Sky McCole Bartusiak Dies
An official cause of death for Bartusiak has yet to be revealed. However, her mother, Helen McCole Bartusiak, has said she’d been suffering from epileptic seizures. "We lost our girl," her mother told CNN. "She was a kind and really beautiful girl."
“We think she had a seizure and choked and nobody was there,” her mother added. “[Paramedics] were working on her for 45 minutes and could not get a heartbeat. I’ve done CPR on that kid more than one time and it just didn’t work this time.”
In 2000’s The Patriot, Bartusiak played the youngest daughter of Mel Gibson’s character, Revolutionary War militia hero Benjamin Martin. She also appeared on the big screen in Don’t Say a Word, Riding in Cars with Boys, and Boogeyman. »
Skye McCole Bartusiak, who was best known for her role portraying Mel Gibson‘s youngest daughter in The Patriot, died today at the age of 21. No cause of death was given. Bartusiak was a stage, screen and TV actress. She had a recurring role as Megan Matheson in the show 24 and did guest star appearances in CSI, Lost, Touched by An Angel and George Lopez television shows. She started acting in 1999 with the ABC mini-series Storm of the Century. When she was 8 years old, she was in the movie Riding in Cars with Boys. She died in […] »
Nancy Malone, a ground-breaking and Emmy-winning director-producer, Emmy-nominated actress and the first woman VP at a major studio, died May 8 at City of Hope in Duarte, Calif., as the result of pneumonia that arose from complications of leukemia. She was 78.
Shortly after producing her first TV movie, “Winner Take All,” starring Shirley Jones, for NBC, Malone joined 20th Century Fox’s TV department as director of TV development. Soon she was named vice president of television, becoming the first woman VP at a major studio. During her time at Fox, Malone co-founded Women in Film.
Malone was an actress for decades, appearing extensively on TV and on stage, before moving behind the camera and into the executive suite and continued acting even after doing so, including a supporting role in the 1973 Burt Reynolds starrer “The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing.”
She joined Tomorrow Entertainment as a story analyst in 1971 and »
- Carmel Dagan
Written by Jenna Lamia
Directed by Jay Karas
Airs Tuesdays at 10 Pm on MTV
Jenna’s forced silence in last week’s episode showed the importance of having someone who listens. This importance was driven home by the reveal of Matty’s adoption, and that his quietness had nothing to do with Jenna, as she had feared. The revelation emphasized to Jenna how self-centred her thinking had become. This week’s episode sees her try to willingly be there for others in need, including Matty, in an entertaining episode that highlights the difference in how Tamara and Jenna handle similar situations.
Jenna seeking self-respect while trying to expand her viewpoint to include others is an interesting conflict. Over the course of the show’s run, it has been clear that, while Jenna has kept herself as the centre of focus, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Breaking: After scoring huge ratings with the miniseries The Bible and carving out a second theatrical hit with the same footage in Son Of God, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures’ Ben-Hur. Deadline has long been telling you about this ambitious new adaptation of the Lew Wallace 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of Christ, with script by Keith Clarke and Oscar winning 12 Years A Slave scribe John Ridley, and Timur Bekmambetov directing. Related: Sweet Chariot! MGM is Rebooting ‘Ben-Hur’ MGM In Talks With Timur Bekmambetov For ‘Ben-Hur’ Reboot Paramount signed on to co-produce and distribute, and after the rocky time the studio had with the Darren Aronofsky-directed Noah convincing the faithful that the Biblical epic didn’t blaspheme the Old Testament tale and having the film banned in Muslim territories, it’s not surprising that they would add Burnett and his wife, the »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Become a part of the phenomenon that captivated the nation! Off the heels of the three-time Emmy-nominated* History Channel miniseries The Bible, visionary Executive Producers Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel) and Mark Burnett (The Voice, Shark Tank) are back to tell the most important chapter of the greatest story ever told - Son of God - on Blu-ray and DVD June 3 and Digital HD May 6 from LightWorkers Media and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. After grossing more than $60 million in box office sales and earning a coveted "A" Cinemascore opening weekend, Son of God comes home to entertain and inspire millions of families and communities across the globe.
"What an honor it has been to bring the story of the life of Jesus Christ to so many people. Now families can bring the »
Ugly Betty alum Eric Mabius stars in Hallmark Channel’s delightfully endearing new drama series Signed Sealed Delivered, which premieres Sunday, April 20 at 8pm Et/Pt. The series follows a group of postal detectives who are dedicated to delivering undeliverable mail from the past, an act that often transforms the recipient and/or sender’s life. The series is written by Martha Williamson (creator of Touched by an Angel), who has a gift for writing appealing programming for a broad age range. “Anyone from 8 to 80 can sit around and watch because there are aspects from each of these characters that everyone … Continue reading →
- Barb Oates
Carol Burnett will guest star on the Season One finale of Hallmark’s new original primetime series, Signed, Sealed, Delivered. The new series from Executive Producer Martha Williamson (Touched By An Angel) premieres on April 20 (8pmET/Pt) and stars stars Eric Mabius (Ugly Betty), Kristin Booth (The Kennedys), Crystal Lowe (Smallville) and Geoff Gustafson (Primeval: New World) as a quartet of Postal Detectives who track down the rightful owners of undeliverable mail. These redirected letters and packages can save lives, solve crimes, reunite old loves and change futures by arriving late but somehow on time. Season One will include 10 one-hour … Continue reading →
The post Carol Burnett To Guest Star On “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” Season Finale appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Kellie Freeze
Review Frances Roberts 11 Apr 2014 - 16:45
Holmes grieves as he and Watson track down an Anthrax threat in Elementary’s latest episode…
This review contains spoilers.
2.20 No Lack Of Void
Just last week I tutted at Elementary’s short memory when it came to introducing and then ignoring promising supporting characters, only for one of the first season’s more intriguing bit-players to reappear this week.
That Roger Rees’ Allistair turned up posthumously didn’t deprive us from seeing more of Holmes’ childhood thesp pal thanks to Elementary’s first experiment with magic realism. Holmes’ hallucinations were unexpected in a drama that’s so far existed on the bonkers side of real life, but not a jarring departure; it was more Six Feet Under than Ghost.
That said, it does change things. Opening a door into Holmes’ largely unreachable inner life introduces the possibility of more narrative tricks in Elementary »
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America 3, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Black Widow, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Luke Cage, Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Venom, Sinister Six, The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Batman vs. Superman, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Constantine and more...
It's been a bumper week for superhero news, so we'll get things underway with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which is set to open here in the UK in just eleven days time (we'll have our review up this coming week). Naturally we've been treated to a wealth of promotional material for the Phase Two sequel this week, including propaganda-style posters for Cap (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan »
- Gary Collinson
Can the former executive producer of landmark CBS series “Touched by an Angel” produce a halo effect for the fortunes of Crown Media’s Hallmark cable networks?
Armed with proof of new investment in original programming, executives from the media company, which has one of the smaller presences on the cable landscape, predicted a surge of interest from sponsors in scripted dramas from Hallmark and the soon-to-be-rechristened Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
Ed Georger, Crown Media’s exec veep of ad sales and digital media, said he anticipated a 20% increase in advertiser commitments for the coming upfront, the annual market when U.S. networks try to sell the bulk of their ad inventory for the coming season.
“Advertisers are putting a higher value on original content and a higher value on original family programming,” he said. In Crown Media’s most recent fourth quarter, advertising revenue increased 17% over the year-earlier period to $97.3 million, »
- Brian Steinberg
After looking on enviously at Marvel and its multitude of projects for so long, it's quite an exciting time for DC fans at present. Not only is the Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman gearing up for production, but there's also several TV pilots in the works. Last week, the Arrow spin-off The Flash began filming [see the first set photos and video here] and with cameras due to start rolling on Constantine, screenwriter and DC veteran David S. Goyer has shared a few comments about the NBC pilot during a chat with IAmRogue:
"We start shooting next week. Shooting the pilot. We only have four series regulars but we've cast them all now. I'm proud to say that Constantine is actually being played by a British guy, Matt Ryan, and he is going to have blond hair. [Whether he will smoke is] a tricky one on network TV. We're negotiating right now. He will have his signature trench coat and skinny tie. »
- Gary Collinson
Air Date/Time: March 10, 2014, 10/9c
Directed by: Alfonso Cuaron
Levitation, telekinesis, the ability to control nature, see the future … since she was born, Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) has had gifts she could neither fully understand nor control. But now that she is 10 years old, her powers have become stronger and the threat from malevolent forces that would use her abilities to control the world has grown more dangerous. With her life and future in jeopardy, Bo’s protector, Milton Winter (Delroy Lindo, “The Chicago Code”), turns to an unlikely source to keep her safe — Tate (Jake McLaughlin, “Crash”), a wrongfully imprisoned death row inmate who’s lost his will.
Tate and Bo begin an extraordinary journey, one in which trust must be earned. On the run and traveling from city to city, every place they stop and »
- Erin Willard
Genre: Drama | Fantasy
Creator: Aaron Zelman
Air Date/Time: March 9, 2014, 9/8c
Directed by: Charles McDougall
Cast: Omar Epps (“House”) as J. Martin Bellamy, Frances Fisher (“Titanic”) as Lucille Langston, Matt Craven (“Crimson Tide,” “A Few Good Men”) as Fred Langston, Devin Kelley (“Chernobyl Diaries,” “The Chicago Code”) as Maggie Langston, Mark Hildreth (“The Tudors”) as Pastor Tom Hale, Samaire Armstrong (“Entourage,” “The O.C.”) as Elaine Richards, Sam Hazeldine (“The Raven”) as Caleb Richards, Landon Gimenez as Jacob and Kurtwood Smith (“That ’70s Show”) as Henry Langston
The people of Arcadia, Missouri are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to reappear, on the series premiere of Resurrection, Sunday, March 9 (9:00-10:01 p.m., Et) on the ABC Television Network.
In “The Returned,” an 8-year-old American boy (Landon Gimenez) wakes up alone in a rice paddy »
- Erin Willard
If you’re within shouting distance of London, and you collect Doctor Who novelizations and original fiction, you might want to head to Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue on Saturday, March 15th, for a signing with a bunch of authors. Forbidden Planet:
Join us for monsters!
To celebrate BBC Books’ ‘The Monster Collection’, each featuring a classic monster from the Doctor Who series, Forbidden Planet are hosting a signing with authors Trevor Baxendale, Stephen Cole, Terrance Dicks, Jonathan Morris, Justin Richards and Mike Tucker, on Saturday 15th March 1- 2pm at the Forbidden Planet Megastore in London.
This series of books includes Trevor Baxendale’s ‘Prisoner of the Daleks’, Stephen Cole’s ‘Sting of the Zygons’, Terrance Dicks’ ‘Shakedown’, Jonathan Morris’ ‘Touched by an Angel’, Justin Richards’ ‘Sands of Time’, and Mike Tucker’s ‘Illegal Alien’,
Each story features an individual adventure across space and time, and the titles include the Third, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Liam Neeson may now officially be richer than God -- his thriller "Non-Stop" opened at No. 1 with an estimated $30.0 million -- but God did awfully well this weekend, too. "Son of God" opened in second place with an estimated $26.5 million, far more than the $15-20 million pundits had expected. (Even its distributor, 20th Century Fox, predicted just a modest $12-15 million.)
Christian-themed movies are a notoriously iffy prospect. Faith-based marketing organizations insist that there's a largely untapped audience of moviegoers out there who would gladly spend money on a film that treated their beliefs with respect, even if it came from that dreaded cesspool of sin known as Hollywood. And yet few of Hollywood's offerings have connected with that audience in the decade since "The Passion of the Christ" awakened Hollywood to the potential of Christian-themed films. Of course, "The Passion" was made and distributed independently, as are most religious-themed features these days, »
- Gary Susman
I was without a doubt looking forward to Son of God, the latest rendition of the greatest story ever told. Just as many Christians have pre-booked and sold out entire theaters in anticipation of this much awaited film. With as much excitement as Star Wars or The Hunger Games is to those film’s respective fans, this film is the Christian faith’s Harry Potter. I for one held great hopes for this film in a world of subpar Christian movies, I was thinking maybe just maybe Son of God might be a film that might not be a total embarrassment to the Christian faith. It was not, however it was also not fantastic. There was artistic license, meaning that Son of God is not completely scripturally accurate. But that is to be expected within moderation. It’s the story of Jesus’ life and is easily seen by all ages »
- Betsy Russo
Chicago – Actress Roma Downey and Producer Mark Burnett are on a mission. After producing the huge success of the miniseries “The Bible” last year, the husband-and-wife team now turn to the “greatest story ever told” – the life of Jesus Christ – in the new film “Son of God.”
Roma Downey is no stranger to the ethereal aspects of religious themed programming. For nine seasons, she was the star of “Touched by an Angel,” portraying a heavenly messenger who guided earthbound humans at their crossroads. Mark Burnett is a familiar name in the television universe, having produced several mega-successful reality shows including “Survivor,” “The Voice,” “Shark Tank” and “The Apprentice.” The couple were married in 2007, and last year produced the number one rated cable TV miniseries, “The Bible.” The 10 episodes followed the book from the beginning in the Old Testament (Genesis) to the Letters of Paul in the New Testament.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Hallmark Channel has announced that their new Martha Williamson TV show called Signed, Sealed, Delivered will premiere on Sunday, April 20th, at 8pm -- the same timeslot that Williamson's Touched By an Angel series once occupied.
The series is a follow-up to the Signed, Sealed, Delivered pilot movie that aired last October. Hallmark has ordered 11 episodes. The show stars Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth, Crystal Lowe and Geoff Gustafson and the first season will feature appearances by television legends Valerie Harper and Dick Van Dyke.
Here are the details:
Hallmark Channel's Highly Anticipated New Original Series From The Creative Force Behind "Touched By An Angel" Martha Williamson, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," Will Have Its World Premiere Sunday, April 20th
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